Famous People, Places & Things Of Marblehead.

W. Starling Burgess

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Marblehead's Wright brother, W. Starling Burgess was a visionary and an inventor of the first magnitude, also becoming the largest employer in the history of the Town.

The American inventor of the seaplane, he opened his Marblehead plant in 1913, after training with the Wright Brothers themselves. He produced the Burgess-Dunne flying boat, and with World War I in full swing he soon was turning out eight planes a day for the war effort with over 800 employees.

On November 7, 1918 his Little Harbor plant burned to the ground, destroying all company records, and was never rebuilt. His daughter, Tasha Tudor, writes and illustrates children's books today.

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